Basic Yellow Cake with variations


2/3 c sugar
1/4 c shortening
Dash  salt
1 t vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2  c flour
1/2 c milk
2 t baking powder

Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg and flavoring and beat thoroughly. Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to sugar mix. Pour into well-greased 2-cake pan and bake at 375ºF for 35 min.

CHOCOLATE CAKE: Add 1 sq of unsweetened chocolate that has been melted over water or 1 T. Cocoa powder to shortening/sugar mixture. 

SPICE CAKE: Add 1 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t nutmeg, 1/4 t cloves, and 1/2 c raisins to cake batter. 

RAISIN CAKE: Add 1/2 c raisins to cake . 

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE: In bottom of cake pan pour 2 T melted butter and 1/2 c brown sugar. Mix. Layer pineapple rings and maraschino cherries in center of rings. Cover with batter and bake as before for 30 min.

QUICK COFFEE CAKE: Add 1 T grated lemon rind to batter. Pour into greased pan. Sprinkle generously with a mixture of 1/2 c sugar 1 T cinnamon. Bake . 

WASHINGTON PIE: Bake in two cake pans. Prepare cream filling. And place between layers. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Shortcake: Bake in a jelly roll pan. Then cut in squares and top with fresh fruit and whipped cream. 

Cup cakes: Fill 2/3 full and bake as for cake.

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